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The Best of Coverings 2024

As The Tile Turns

Coverings never fails to impress, and this year was certainly no exception! As we embarked on our latest journey to the trade show, we were eager to delve into the world of tile and stone – a subject near and dear to our hearts. Join us as we uncover the most exciting highlights and key insights from Coverings 2024 in this detailed blog post. We'll take a deep dive into the emerging trends and captivating styles that are set to make a splash in the industry in the upcoming year.

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Virginia Tile showroom now open in Indianapolis

Floor Covering News

Indianapolis, Ind.—Virginia Tile announced the grand opening of its newest design-forward showroom here. The grand opening highlighted Virginia Tile’s commitment to excellence with its 55,000-square-foot facility, tailored to meet the needs of contractors, designers and trade professionals. “We are thrilled to introduce our premium tile and stone experience to the Indianapolis area,” said Sean Cilona , director of product and marketing at Virginia Tile Company. “ This expansion shows our d

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Emilgroup launches Project Awards 2024

Ceramics of Italy

Following the huge success of the first and second editions of the competition, which attracted hundreds of submissions from all over the world, applications are now open for the third edition of the Emilgroup Project Awards. This competition, launched by Emilgroup , honours international projects that feature the use of Emilgroup’s ceramic tile collections and stand out for their creativity, originality and design.

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Hurricane Season is Now Upon Us: Is Your Home Fortified Against Damage?

JG Kitchens

I learned in the process that not only does FORTIFIED dramatically improve a home's chances of withstanding storm damage, it also reduces owners' insurance costs and increases the resale value of their asset! That's a triple win! The post Hurricane Season is Now Upon Us: Is Your Home Fortified Against Damage? comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Eco-Friendly Insulation for Prefab Panels

The A to Z of Building

A study published in Energy and Buildings explores the thermal, acoustic, and environmental properties of prefabricated panels using three recycled insulations—two from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and one from expanded sintered polystyrene (EPS) with graphite.

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Karndean Designflooring expands high-end Art Select collection

Floor Covering News

Export, Pa.—With stylish new wood-and-stone-inspired looks for its high-end Art Select collection , Karndean Designflooring combines hands-on craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology to replicate hardwood and stone in exact detail. With the launch of the new designs, Art Select will feature more than 45 wood and stone looks in a broad spectrum of tones—all with a 30-mil wear layer, available in both glue-down and rigid core with a 5G-locking mechanism.

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Ep 152: Starting a New Job

Life of an Architect

When you are starting a new job, even you very first job, here are some tips that might make the transition a bit easier and potentially, more fruitful. The post Ep 152: Starting a New Job first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading Ep 152: Starting a New Job at Life of an Architect. When you are starting a new job, even you very first job, here are some tips that might make the transition a bit easier and potentially, more fruitful.

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Recycled Cement: A Sustainable Future in Construction

The A to Z of Building

The use of recycled cement can significantly reduce the environmental impact of the construction sector, addressing CO2 emissions and waste management. This review highlights the potential of recycled cement in various applications, promoting sustainability and a circular economy in construction practices.

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Architessa introduces Tile Capsule Edits

Floor Covering News

Rockville, Md.—Tile and stone brand Architessa introduced Tile Capsule Edits—curated, theme-driven collections of products that tell the story of a room through design. “Tile Capsule Edits are our story telling initiative to bring simplicity to a design concept, tailored to you,” said Julie Taury, chief innovation officer at Architessa. “Architessa Capsule Edits will offer an authentic, relatable mix of products that simplifies tile selection.

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NTCA launches Tile Design Trends and Installation program

Floor Covering News

Jackson, Miss.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) has launched a new educational course, “Tile Design Trends and Installation – What Every Industry Pro Should Know.” This course will be hosted by Louisville Tile and feature insights from celebrity designer Jennifer Farrell and NTCA training director Mark Heinlein. The course aims to equip industry professionals with the knowledge needed to meet evolving market demands.

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Florim USA receives Patriotic Employer Award

Floor Covering News

Clarksville, Tenn.—Florim USA, a porcelain tile manufacturer , has been awarded the Patriotic Employer Award. The award—presented by Stephen Baird, the Tennessee representative for ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve)—recognized Florim USA’s commitment to national security and the protection of freedom through support of employee participation in the United States National Guard and Reserve Forces.

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Karndean showcases new LVT designs at NeoCon

Floor Covering News

Chicago—For Karndean Designflooring, the word “design” is more than part of the company name. With a history of innovation dating to the 1970s, flooring design is embedded in Karndean’s mission. That commitment to artistry, craftsmanship and creativity can be seen firsthand this week, as Karndean returns to NeoCon —the premier event for the commercial interior design industry.

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The future of design takes shape at NeoCon 2024

Floor Covering News

Chicago—The 55th edition of NeoCon will be held here June 10-12. An estimated 50,000 attendees will convene at The Mart for a firsthand experience of the latest trends and innovations influencing the future of shared spaces. From fostering deeper connections and prioritizing sustainability to learning from neuroscience, NeoCon exhibitors are pioneering what’s next in design with creative solutions for environments that are not only innovative and functional but also enriching and inclusive.

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Mills leverage proprietary fibers, processes

Floor Covering News

It’s been said that consumers are agnostic when it comes to fiber type, that all they care about is how the carpet feels underfoot and how it looks. While that may be true, mills are nonetheless competing against each other with fibers that they claim perform better or provide greater value. It’s all part of a marketing strategy designed to seize market share.

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Välinge technology boosts the performance of resilient flooring

Floor Covering News

Välinge Innovation’s newly launched PRO technology effectively addresses the challenges of longevity and locking strength in modern resilient products. The market’s positive response clearly shows that this solution has been long-awaited. Välinge’s PRO technology offers an easy and effective way to optimise all types of resilient products.

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AFT opens new Fort Worth training facility

Floor Covering News

Fort Worth, Texas—Advanced Flooring Technology has announced the opening of a new training facility for floor covering installers here. The 10,000-square-foot space, located in a new industrial facility, is specifically designed and outfitted to conduct classroom, hands-on training and certification for a variety of hard and soft surface flooring installations.

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Long-Term Performance of Fiber-Reinforced Composites

The A to Z of Building

Researchers examined the durability and mechanical properties of alkali-activated fiber-reinforced composites (AAFRCs) cured at ambient temperature for 1, 28, and 365 days. The study found that AAFRCs exhibit stable long-term strength and improved tensile properties, with promising sustainability compared to conventional materials.

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Promoting BIM for Better Construction Project Outcomes

The A to Z of Building

A recent study in Buildings examined BIM usage in small to medium-sized construction projects in the GCC, identifying barriers and proposing strategies for broader adoption.

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Lions Floor opens new California distribution center

Floor Covering News

Corona, Calif.—Lions Floor has opened a second distribution center here, which the company said was a strategic move that directly contributes to its plans of growth. In conjunction with its existing branch in Paramount, this second California location will provide significant benefits, the company said. The establishment of a distribution center here allows Lions Floor a closer location to receive more market support.

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Mohawk transforms Wellspring Living with SolidTech Premier

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk enhanced spaces for living, healing and education on the award-winning home improvement show Designing Spaces airing on Lifetime TV. The program selected SolidTech Premier featuring Signature HDX for its recent renovation of Atlanta’s Wellspring Living, a facility offering comprehensive recovery services for human trafficking survivors.

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Brawn and Brains: Making Concrete Smarter and More Sustainable

The A to Z of Building

Around 70 percent of the world’s population lives in a structure built with concrete - the composite is second only to water for use in construction, and its production is responsible for more than 8 percent of the world’s total carbon emissions.

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Watch: Välinge unveils PRO technology

Floor Covering News

Välinge’s brand-new PRO technology is the ideal locking system upgrade for all types of resilient flooring. It enhances performance with vertical connections up to twice as strong and significantly increases product durability. PRO is available for angling, push-down and fold-down installations, ensuring optimal results every time. The post Watch: Välinge unveils PRO technology appeared first on Floor Covering News.

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Lorin Highlights Black and Bronze Anodized Aluminum Finishes

The A to Z of Building

Lorin Industries, Inc., the global industry leader in the innovation and production of coil anodized aluminum, highlights its range of architectural black and bronze anodized aluminum finishes.

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Versatrim partners with Fittes

Floor Covering News

Henderson, N.C.—Versatrim, a provider of floor molding products and resources for residential and commercial projects, has announced a partnership with Fittes. This collaboration marks a significant milestone for both companies as Versatrim expands its product range to include Fittes’ flush and framed vent designs to complement any residential flooring project.

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Tuesday Tips: SEAL Leadership Academy

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) released a new “Tuesday Tips” this week. In the series, WFCA experts presents short video tips for improving customer service and optimizing staff performance. In the end, it’s all about understanding the importance of being 1% better than your competition. In this week’s Tuesday Tips , Scott Humphrey dives into the SEAL Program.

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Len Andolino forms consulting group

Floor Covering News

Dalton—Len Andolino, a 40-year flooring industry veteran, has re-established Andolino Management Group with a focus on the high-end decorative flooring industry. This move, Andolino said, will allow him to shift his professional focus to better align with his personal and family commitments. “I initially started this concept in 2015 and it proved to be successful for the companies I partnered with at that time,” Andolino said.

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Hallmark Floors partners with Diamond W Flooring

Floor Covering News

Ontario, Canada—Hallmark Floors has appointed Diamond W Flooring as a full line distributor of all Hallmark products, effective immediately. This partnership will enhance accessibility to premium flooring collections and provide retail partners with an expanded range of options to meet its customers’ needs. Diamond W Flooring, known for its commitment to excellence and customer service, will now offer a comprehensive selection of Hallmark Floors products, including handcrafted wood floor c

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Mannington Mills publishes 2023 Values in Action report

Floor Covering News

Salem, N.J.—Continuing its environmental and social responsibility journey, Mannington Mills issued its second Values in Action report detailing commitments and initiatives aligned around its four core values—Care, Do the Right Thing, Control Our Own Destiny and Work Hard / Play Hard. “Our commitment to environmental and social responsibility is aligned with these values and our focus on balancing purpose with people,” said Zack Zehner, executive chairman of the board.

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Ceramic: Key requirements for a top-quality installation

Floor Covering News

A wise man once said: “He who fails to prepare, prepares to fail.” That axiom certainly applies to the world of ceramic tile installation where careful planning is absolutely crucial to the success of any project, be it residential or commercial. To that end, FCNews rounded up several 5-Star NTCA contractors to compile a list of requirements to achieve a quality installation every time.